Fashion Formations with Sasha Escareño
Words by Sofia Elena Arzola
Published Nov. 30, 2018
The internet is quite the learning tool.
That’s something model and fashionista, Sasha Escareño, can most definitely testify to.
Escareño actually has little technical training in fashion. Coming from a tiny town in which the population doesn’t care much for alternative aesthetics and arts, Escareño instead opted to study something other than fashion.
“I think that’s where I really turned to the internet and social networks like Instagram … as a way to research design.”
Escareño hasn’t only learned things online, they’ve used it to build a career, calling the internet “a place for those in proximity to violence in public to showcase a curated version of themselves.”
The fashion fanatic channels the key character traits of themself to make their way through their career field. “I think as a nonbinary/transfeminine person, social networks are crucial for establishing a career path in any art form,” said Escareño.
Not from the fashion “in-crowd,” Escareño’s perspective contrasts from others. “In terms of fashion, I’m more of an outsider. I didn’t go to Pratt Institute or Parsons [School of Art and Design], I am trying to ‘make it’ out of my bedroom and sometimes with my iPhone.”
Their location of Phoenix, Arizona also plays a part in shaping their perspective. “I think since we aren’t a North American megacity like NYC, LA, or Mexico City which are all fashion capitals in their own right, we have a really unique perspective of how we view trends.”
According to Escareño, the “coolest” part of a photoshoot is the collaborative effort. ”It’s truly magical to see the end result of collaborative work.”
Currently, Escareño is taking classes on fashion at a community college in Phoenix.
Escareño has a message for any other aspirants of the LGBTQ+ community who are trying to pursue a career in fashion. “Don’t be afraid to do what you want. People are going to think you’re weird no matter what. Also don’t be afraid to be dominant. LGBTQ+ people have every right to assert our ideas with the same level of confidence and sureness the rest of society has.”
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